Holzer Health System CEO Dr. Christopher Meyer exits; differences with board cited as possible reason

Gallipolis, Ohio-based Holzer Health System terminated the tenure of current CEO Christopher Meyer, DO, according to the Gallipolis Daily Tribune. Dr. Meyer was named CEO and board of governors' chairman in January 2015.

A health system statement said the board of directors terminated Dr. Meyer "due to differences related to the direction of the organization and [the Holzer Board of Directors] relieved him of his duties, effective immediately," according to the report.

During his tenure at CEO, Dr. Meyer was a key figure in the development of a 70,000-square-foot, multispecialty healthcare facility serving residents in Athens, Ohio. He implemented a physician training program, in conjunction with Ohio University's Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine in Athens and West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg.

However, his time at the helm of the health system also saw some cuts to the health system's workforce. In October, Holzer announced it was planning to cut 100 jobs throughout southern Ohio and western West Virginia. Holzer officials attributed the cuts to changes in healthcare service delivery models due to the Affordable Care Act.

A gastroenterologist by training, Dr. Meyer started working at Holzer in 2001. Prior to serving as CEO, he was CMO of the health system.

Michael Canady, MD, the health system's current CMO, is taking over as interim CEO, according to the report.

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